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Image1heart“The Lord opened the understanding of my unbelieving heart, so that I should recall my sins,” by Saint Patrick.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Now that I’ve sent out that wish for you — my question is what does it mean?

The word “sin” to me is defined as “lack of love”.

Today the first news story I read was how the major St. Patrick’s Day parades in NYC and Boston have continued to ban openly gay (LGBT) participation. For this reason the mayors of the two cities did not march and Guinness, Heineken, and Sam Adams breweries pulled their sponsorships of the parades.

I guess my question is what does the parade celebrate? If it is Irish heritage then how can anyone of Irish decent be excluded from the parade? To me this shows a lack of love and therefore is a sin. Haven’t those from an Irish decent already suffered enough discrimination and hardship? From what I’ve read this ban is not upheld in Ireland. So why when we are celebrating all things Irish today — is it upheld here in the US? I read one news’ article that stated gays are not banned they just can’t march openly.

Image5beaverlakesmudgeI’m curious because I really don’t know — does everyone participating in these parades need to take a genetics test to prove they are of Irish decent? If they aren’t Irish are they banned?

I know things change given time. Apparently, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in Syracuse, only men were allowed to march — and hold onto your shamrocks for this one — WOMEN WERE ALSO EXCLUDED FROM WATCHING THE PARADE.

To me there is only one way for change to happen without sinning. Both sides in this dispute need to come at it from a place of love. Not a place of judgment or discrimination or exclusion or hypocrisy. There is always more to a story than what’s reported in a news’ article. But I believe if there is a dispute — the Ego is involved and not Love.

Today’s Intention: Open my unbelieving heart so that I can understand my lack of love. I say this because as I read the news’ reports I had a definite judgment toward one side and against the other. Judgment to me is definitely a lack of love. My jaw actually hurts from clenching it. The God I pray to loves EVERYONE. Period. So for me to make a judgment is for me to withhold love. This is not in alignment with my desire to pursue love and ditch the ego.

I am of Irish decent. I am not gay. I have been discriminated against. I have made judgments that were unfounded. I am human, therefore as long as I view things through human eyes, I will perceive things imperfectly and I will see imperfections in others.

Image6apple1213Yesterday, I spoke of recognizing the Ego — that place where any negative emotion shows up. Today, I wrestled with my Ego. I will remember that today we celebrate, Saint Patrick, who returned to Ireland, where he had previously been enslaved, to spread his and God’s love. Instead of taking a side in the parade dispute — I hope everyone spreads love instead.

“May the road rise to meet you.

May the wind always be at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face.

The rain fall soft upon your fields.

Until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”

(An Irish Blessing)